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  • New King James Version | NKJV

    Proverbs 31:10 and 31:29

    Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
    Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.

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    Reflective Thinking

    I found a virtuous wife! I agree her worth is far above rubies! When I was single there were many times, for many years, that I prayed for my Proverbs 31 wife. I wasn’t simply praying to find her but praying for her… even before I knew who she was. One thing I knew for sure is that I trusted God and His timing. His timing was perfect! Babe, I love you! Many daughters have done well… but you excel them all!

    Action Idea

    Today’s action idea is paying this verse forward to someone you care about. I know many of you are not married so this doesn’t just apply to those of us who are. Verse 29 is giving a kind and encouraging word to all of us. This is how God desires us to live. Make virtuous decisions today!

  • New King James Version | NKJV

    Proverbs 30:7-9

    Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die):
    Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
    Give me neither poverty nor riches — Feed me with the food allotted to me;
    Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?”
    Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

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    Reflective Thinking

    There is tremendous value in knowing and understanding the areas we are most vulnerable to making immoral decisions. Please don’t undervalue the importance of getting to know yourself and what makes you tick. You are incredibly unique and no one else in the world is exactly like you. You have strengths and weaknesses that need to be identified and you then need to put yourself in a situation for victory. What fools do is they choose to play with fire in areas that they are weak and vulnerable. What fools do is rely on themselves and depend on their own understanding and not God’s understanding. Too much distance from God for any significant length of time and you’re setting yourself up for painful failure… interestingly, I find pain to be one of the main things that can drive many of us back to God.

    Action Idea

    Do some reflective thinking of your own about life to determine what life situations make you most at risk of distancing yourself from God. Ask God for His wisdom about your situation and do what He tells you to do.

  • New King James Version | NKJV

    Proverbs 29:11

    A fool vents all his feelings,
    But a wise man holds them back.

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    Reflective Thinking

    I’ll have to research how many verses in Proverbs specifically talk about our speaking. Once again, seemingly over and over and over, God is giving us wise counsel about controlling our communication. Using the comparison of what a fool does and then what a wise person does makes it very clear what to do and what not to do. We can take this as an additional lesson on communication.

    Another thing that comes to mind on this verse is if we look at King David’s example in many of the Psalms that he wrote, he did vent and express his inward feelings… the important thing to note is who he was talking to in those situations… it was God. With that, we can say with confidence that God wants us to go to Him when we want to vent our feelings and frustrations and not to others.

    Action Idea

    Let’s use discipline and train our thinking to stop venting to other people, including just talking to ourselves, but instead have a good conversation with our Father. What’s great is He’s the best listener, comforter, friend, and advisor we could ever imagine or hope for.